Tried & tested, plus dealer and auc­tion talk

911 Porsche World - - Contents - Con­tact: Nine Ex­cel­lence Ltd Unit 3 Ax­iom­busi­ness Park 41 Bal­combe Road Hor­ley Surrey RH6 7HF 01293 226911

How long have you been work­ing with Porsches?

We cre­ated Nine Ex­cel­lence (com­monly known as “9e”) back in March 2011. Whilst we are still a young or­gan­i­sa­tion we have over 60 years’ Porsche ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween all the staff. Now with over 2000 reg­u­lar cus­tomers, last year we de­cided to open the sales side when we had the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire the build­ing next door. Hav­ing a strong rep­u­ta­tion on the work­shop side should help us be suc­cess­ful on the sales side. We are buy­ing cars ei­ther cash out­right pur­chase or on sale or re­turn (SOR).

What Porsches do you spe­cialise in?

I think most peo­ple would im­me­di­ately say Tur­bos be­cause of our “Vmax” ac­tiv­i­ties and tun­ing projects in the past, but ac­tu­ally it rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of the daily ac­tiv­i­ties. We cover all Porsche mod­els from the 356 to the lat­est 991 gen 2 cars. We cover ser­vic­ing, re­pairs, engine builds, pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion, and per­for­mance up­grades. In terms of buy­ing and sell­ing, we are in­ter­ested in any car that is in great con­di­tion.

What’s your cheap­est, and most ex­pen­sive Porsche presently in stock?

Our cheap­est is a 997-model 911 Car­rera S at £28,995, and the most ex­pen­sive is a rare 1969 911 Tour­ing that has un­der­gone a com­plete restora­tion, at £139,995.

What would you rec­om­mend as the best “first Porsche” to buy?

It de­pends on what you are look­ing for (num­ber of seats, SUV, coupe or cabri­o­let) and ul­ti­mately your bud­get. If you had a bud­get of £20,000 and wanted the fun fac­tor, then I would set aside a cou­ple of grand for main­te­nance from that and you should be able to pick up a sub-50,000-mile 987 Cay­man S – it’s a great driver’s car that prob­a­bly many peo­ple im­me­di­ately dis­miss be­cause they think they have to have a 911. If in­deed it has to be a 911, then look for the best 996 avail­able.

Where do you get your stock from?

We have just started, so most of the stock has come from our cus­tomer base so far. We are look­ing in the pri­vate sale mar­kets as well, so we will grow our net­work.

What war­ranty do you give, or sell?

The war­ranty, which is 12 months and quite com­pre­hen­sive, is in-house and is the same whether the car we are sell­ing is owned by us or through SOR. It is not un­der­writ­ten – we believe this shows our con­fi­dence in the cars that we retail.

What’s “hot” at the mo­ment?

Setting aside any rare cars or the lim­ited GT mod­els, the 997 gen 2 Tur­bos. There are very few in the mar­ket for sale, and prices for low mileage ex­am­ples have risen close to 991 Turbo mod­els.

What’s best value at the mo­ment?

The SUVS – the 2011 on­wards diesels have un­der­gone a price “cor­rec­tion” over the last few months, pri­mar­ily due to neg­a­tiv­ity in the press. As a re­sult these ve­hi­cles rep­re­sent good value at the mo­ment, and any potential down­side in fur­ther de­pre­ci­a­tion would be off­set by the near dou­ble fuel econ­omy when com­pared to petrol vari­ants.

Name a car that you re­cently sold, that you would hap­pily have kept for your­self

A low mileage 997 Turbo. It was a great spec, great colour com­bi­na­tion, and these are ap­pre­ci­at­ing at the mo­ment.

What car do you drive every day?

It de­pends on my mood, but gen­er­ally I pick up the keys to a 2012 Porsche Cayenne Diesel – it is just a great place to sit and is so easy to drive. If the weather is good, then it has to be our 9e 964 su­per­charged shop car – so much fun.

What are your plans for the future?

To keep do­ing what we have been, which has worked for us – our rep­u­ta­tion is very im­por­tant to us. Ex­pand­ing in to the sales side was a log­i­cal step for us.

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